Jefferson County Democratic Committee

Elected Officials


Colleen O'NeillColleen O’Neill
Jefferson County Sheriff

Colleen O’Neill is a life long resident of the north country. She was raised in the Clayton/Lafargeville area and lives in Lafargeville now.

Ms. O’Neill graduated from the New York State Police academy in 1984 and rose through the ranks over her 28 year career. She held the position of Trooper, field training officer, firearms instructor, Sergeant, Investigator and Senior Investigator.

She retired with distinction in 2012. She was in charge of the Alexandria Bay Bureau of Criminal Investigations Unit at that time.

Noteworthy assignments included Medicolegal Investigator at the Forensic Investigations Center, Protection detail for Governor George Pataki and she has been a staff member of the International Henry F Williams homicide seminar.

In January 2014, Ms O’Neill announced her candidacy for Jefferson County Sheriff, a position her father, Alfred O’Neill, held from 1977 to 1985. She won the primary in September and the general election on November 4, 2014. She was sworn in as the 58th Jefferson County Sheriff on January 2, 2015.

Connect with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office here.

Karen Christie
Jefferson County Treasurer

“I began my career at Watertown Savings Bank in 1980 as a teller, was transferred to the checking account department for another couple of years and then transferred to the accounting department as an account clerk and ended up as supervisor of the accounting department for the remaining 13 of my 18 years at the bank. After that, I acquired my designation as a Certified Public Accounting while working for a public accounting firm in Syracuse, NY where I specialized in auditing financial institutions.

While at the Fagliarone Group, later Beard Miller Company, I held the position of senior audit manager primarily in charge of internal and external auditing for approximately a dozen financial institutions ranging in size from $20 million in assets up to approximately $500 million in assets. I returned to the Watertown area to work for Sovie and Bowie, now Bowers and Company, where I specialized in auditing rural development projects, non-profit agencies and governmental auditing. In addition, I prepared tax returns for individuals and not for profit agencies.

I have been the Jefferson County Treasurer since 2011 and am responsible for the preparing the annual financial statements, overseeing the annual audit, the collection of taxes and the safekeeping of public funds.

Outside of work, I am the Treasurer of the Jefferson County SPCA, a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State County

Treasurers’ and Finance Officers’ Association of which I was the Treasurer in 2014, and am sitting on the board of the NYS Government Finance Officers Association.”

Connect with the Jefferson County Treasure’s office here.

Addie JenneJenne Russell
New York Assemblymember

Addie Jenne represents the 116th Assembly District, also known as the “River District.” The district follows the shore of the majestic St. Lawrence River from the northeast corner of Lake Ontario to the manufacturing town of Massena and borders Fort Drum and the mighty Black River to the east. Ms. Jenne was formerly an attorney at Conboy, McKay, Bachman & Kendall, LLP, where she concentrated her practice in the areas of Trust and Estate Administration, Real Estate, Guardianships, Elder Law and Estate Planning. She served on the Jefferson County Board of Legislators from 2006 until becoming a member of the Assembly in 2009. She was a member of the county’s Planning and Development Committee, Health and Human Services Committees and Technology Ad Hoc Committee.

Ms. Jenne is the past President of the Jefferson County Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and former member of AAUW New York State’s Public Policy Committee. She is a member of the Jefferson County and New York State Bar Associations. Ms. Jenne belongs to the University at Albany Alumni Association. She was also one of the Conboy Law Firm’s corporate representatives for the Association of the United States Army. When Ms. Jenne was elected to the Assembly she was a member of the Board of Directors of the Volunteer Transportation Center, Community Action Planning Council (CAPC), and Jefferson County’s Community Services Board, chairing the MR/DD Committee. She is a past member of Head Start Policy Council as well.

Ms. Jenne is a 1996 graduate of Indian River Central School District. Ms. Jenne received a B.A. in Political Science (Greek and Roman Civilization minor), Magna Cum Laude, from the University at Albany in May 2000, and a J.D. with a Certificate in Family Law and Social Policy from Syracuse University College of Law in May 2003. Ms. Jenne sat for the New York State Bar Exam in July 2003 and became an associate attorney at Conboy, McKay, Bachman & Kendall, LLP in August 2003. She was admitted to the New York State Bar in February 2004. Ms. Jenne clerked for the firm during the summers of 2001 and 2002, and worked part time through the 2002-2003 school year. While attending the University at Albany Ms. Jenne was active in Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, Int., was an intern for Ronald Klain, Chief of Staff for Vice President Al Gore, and was an intern in the New York State Assembly for Martin A. Luster, Trumansburg. She also worked for the University at Albany’s Alumni Association. While at law school in Syracuse, Ms. Jenne was a member of the Judicial Board, President of the Women’s Law Caucus and a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Int. She participated in the law school’s Criminal Law Clinic and was the editor of the law school’s newsletter.

Ms. Jenne was born in Watertown, New York, raised in Philadelphia, New York and now resides in Theresa, New York. She has a beautiful son Aaron and daughter Cora. Ms. Jenne is the seventh generation of her family to reside on the North Country. Her father Bruce is a retired diesel mechanic and her mother Susan is an attorney working for the Office of Court Administration. She has a brother and three sisters all residing in New York State.

Connect with Assemblywoman Jenne here.